The temps are rising and the sun is shining brightly! The season we love best has officially begun; Summer has arrived in Mid-Michigan! And with it, comes the bounty of vegetables from cheery cherry tomatoes to bushels of green beans. If your itching to get your garden started, and think it may be too late to plant from seed, think again! June can actually be a prime time to get those seeds in for a plentiful Fall harvest.
Don’t get us wrong, growing a successful vegetable garden involves timing things just right. Sowing the right seeds at the right time makes the best use of space and allows you to stagger your harvest. But before choosing your seed packets and eagerly planting your rows, remember that soil temperature is critical to seed germination. So for a June plant, anytime until Fathers Day. If seeds are planted in that is too cool, you’ll lose both money and precious growing time. Many plants need to be re-sown through the season anyway, and many will produce fruits well into the fall even if you don’t get the seeds in the ground until summer. In fact, some vegetable plants do even better and grow more quickly when you wait until the ground is very warm and crawling with worms.
Here are just a few plants you can still grow from seed in June:
Beans. Beans love warm, sunny days! If you’ve already planted beans, consider putting in another crop because just one crop can only yeild so many beans before they get tough. Planting a new crop every 2 weeks will ensure you always have a harvest of fresh, tender beans.
Cucumbers. These guys grow fast, especially in the warm summer months. You might be amazed at how quickly they explode in these hot June days.
Squash. Many squashes don’t produce until fall anyway, making them a good choice for summer planting.
Carrots. Carrot seeds can be sown any time from spring through early autumn, as long as you get them in the ground by 10–12 weeks before the first fall frost. A sidenote–all root vegetables, like carrots, beets, and parsnips, will do well sown in June too.
Herbs: Basil, marjoram, chives and sage do well when planted in the summer, and can even thrive indoors throughout the winter.
Now that your seeds are in, make sure to weed the garden. Weeds compete with vegetable plants for nutrients and moisture, so keeping them at bay is crucial to a bountiful harvest..
If you’re starting your garden late, and worried that it will take too long by seed, stop in to Simpson’s today. We have plenty of trays of vegetables from tomatoes to beans that will be ready to thrive as soon as you get them into the warm June soil!